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Important Updates

Preparing Students for the Exam

Starting August 1, students and teachers will have new resources and a daily support tool called AP Classroom to use throughout the year. Designed and tested in collaboration with AP teachers, these resources include unit guides that cover the content and skills assessed on the exam, progress checks and a dashboard to highlight strengths and opportunities for growth, and a question bank of real AP questions.

Learn more about the new resources

Exam Overview

Exam questions assess the course concepts and skills outlined in the course framework. For more information on exam weighting, download the AP Physics 1 Course and Exam Description (CED). Scoring guidelines for each of the sample free-response questions in the CED are also available.

Encourage your students to visit the AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based student page for exam information and exam practice.

  • Event
    • Thu, May 7, 2020

    AP Physics 1 Exam Day

    • Noon | 1 hr 30 mins

Exam Format

The AP Physics 1 Exam will continue to have consistent question types, weighting, and scoring guidelines every year, so you and your students know what to expect on exam day. The overall format of the exam—including the weighting, timing, types of questions, and types of stimulus materials—won’t change.

Section 1: Multiple Choice

50 Questions | 1 Hour 30 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • Questions are either discrete questions or question sets, in which students are provided with a stimulus or a set of data and a series of related questions.
  • The section includes 5 individual multi-select questions (2 options are correct)

Section 2: Free Response

5 Questions | 1 Hour 30 Minutes | 50% of Exam Score

  • This section contains 5 free-response questions of the following types:
    • Experimental Design (1 question)
    • Qualitative/Quantitative Translation (1 question)
    • Short Answer: Paragraph Argument (1 question)
    • Short Answer (2 questions)

AP Calculator Policy

A four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator is allowed on both sections of the exam.

Calculator Policies and Approved Calculators

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

For free-response questions (FRQs) from the 2019 exam, along with scoring information, check out the table below.

Be sure to review the Chief Reader Report. In this invaluable resource, the chief reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the AP Reading leadership to explain how students performed on the FRQs, summarize typical student errors, and address specific concepts and content with which students have struggled the most that year.

New Exam Resources

Beginning in August 2019, you’ll have access to the full range of questions from past exams in AP Classroom. You'll have access to: 

  • an online library of AP questions relevant to your course
  • personal progress checks with new formative questions
  • a dashboard to display results from progress checks and provide real-time insights

2019: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

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